Lepanthes biruviensis Luer & B.T.Larsen 2012 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves Luer 1986 SERIES Breves Luer 1996

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Deep shade LATE Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Biru Lepanthes [An old name for Peru and a 16th dentury local ruler]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Peru without locational data as a miniature to small sized, caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 7, ribbed, glabrous, acute, non-dilated, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall on 1 to 2, arising from beneath the leaf, from the apex of the ramiucal, peduncle 1" [2.5 cm] long, 2" [5 cm] long overall, loose, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers with white sepals, yellow petals, and a red orange lip.

"This Peruvian species is florally distinct with single-veined lateral sepals and round upper lobes of the petals that overlap as they bend forward, and vegetatively distinct with purple, fleshy roots; ribbed, nondilated cauline sheaths; and loose racemes shorter than narrow leaves.." Luer & Larsen 2012


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Harvard Papers in Botany, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 333 to 368 2012 MISCELLANEOUS NEW SPECIES IN THE PLEUROTHALLIDINAE (ORCHIDACEAE) Carlyle A. Luer and Bruno Larsen drawing fide